NEW RELEASE: In the Distance There Is Light by Harper Bliss

In the Distance There Is LightHow is September treating you so far? At Ladylit we decided to escape the Hong Kong heat for a few weeks and headed to Brisbane for some cooler weather, nice food and wine, and overall Ozzie awesomeness. We are also treating this as a short trial for our future digital nomad lifestyle, and we’ve loved every second of it.

We’re especially happy that we’re able to enjoy the excitement of a new release while on our getaway, and what a release it has been so far. Harper Bliss’ newest novel In the Distance There Is Light shot up the charts right from the start and has been sitting at the top ever since in most Amazon stores.

This book is a bit controversial and not your standard lesbian romance story, but it is packed full of emotions and of course it features Harper’s signature steamy scenes.

Here’s the blurb:

Two women lose the man they love. All they have left is each other.

Sophie’s life is turned upside down when her partner, Ian, dies in a tragic accident. The only one who can understand her devastation is Ian’s stepmother, Dolores. Together, they try to make sense of their loss and rebuild their shattered lives. While their shared grief brings them closer, it also takes their relationship in an unexpected direction. Where does sorrow end and romance begin? Or has Ian’s death blurred the lines too much?

If you love deeply emotional lesbian romance with a twinge of controversy, don’t miss this intense but hopeful novel by chart-topper Harper Bliss.

Early reviews have been great:

“A wonderful and deeply moving romance novel!”

“This is in no way a unicorn farting rainbows book. But the way she writes this, it makes sense.”

“Harper Bliss handles this delicate subject with sensitivity and panache.”

You can get it as an ebook from
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Enjoy!

NEW RELEASE: The Road to You by Harper Bliss

The Road to YouHarper Bliss’s brand new novel The Road to You is out now and, as summer approaches, it could be your perfect poolside companion!

Early reviews have been very positive. Here’s what readers are saying about Harper’s new book:

“I always feel like I know Harper’s characters personally and can imagine myself interacting with them in the real world.”

“The story line draws you in, and the characters keep you turning pages until you’ve reached the end!”

“LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!”

“Deeply satisfying!”

“As always, beautifully presented, written, edited and proof-read by the inimitable Harper Bliss. Another one to add to my favourite book collection. Five stars.”

“There would be nothing better than relaxing by the pool and sipping a cocktail or two reading The Road to You.”

Here’s the blurb:

Opposites attract… or do they?
Workaholic Katherine and free-spirited singer Ali have disliked each other since college. Fate, however, keeps bringing them together and the paths of their lives keep crossing. Are some differences in personality simply too vast to overcome? Or are some things just meant to be? Find out in this light-hearted but epic new book from best-selling author Harper Bliss.

If you love a deliciously slow-burning lesbian romance, The Road to You is sure to satisfy!

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NEW RELEASE: Far from the World We Know by Harper Bliss

Far from the World We KnowHarper Bliss’s brand new standalone novel Far from the World We Know is out now. Early reviews have been very positive. Here’s what readers are saying about Harper’s new book:

“This story was complex, realistic and beautifully written.”

“This was definitely a book I had to keep reading, just to see how it would all turn out.”

“I love the way Harper developed the characters so that you feel like you know them personally.”

“Women-loving-women and their love and trust issues are beautifully written with full character development and depth of emotion.”

“Harper’s writing is as accomplished as ever and the story, though oft-times grim and shocking is also tender and up-lifting. Much recommended (as are all Harper’s writings) and worth every star.”

Here’s the synopsis:
How far must you run to escape the past?
Laura Baker has just moved to the small Texas town of Nelson for a life of solitude and recovery after a traumatic event that has scarred her irreversibly. But her chosen isolation is difficult to maintain after she meets Tess Douglas, the charming editor of the town paper.

Tess is determined to break down the walls Laura has built up around herself. As their friendship develops, so do their feelings for each other. Will Tess be able to get past Laura’s defences? And will Laura allow herself to love, and live, again?

If you love heartfelt lesbian romance, don’t miss this emotionally gripping read!

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Enjoy!

NEW RELEASE: Release the Stars by Harper Bliss

Release the StarsOur final release of 2015 is here and… it’s a bestseller already! Harper Bliss’ brand new novel Release the Stars is riding high in the Amazon Lesbian Fiction charts across the world and we couldn’t think of a better way to end our year.

Release the Stars is a highly romantic story set in Hollywood, featuring broken-hearted Charlie Cross and mega-sexy TV show host Ava Castaneda. When their paths cross the road to never-ending happiness is not exactly paved with gold, and to find out if, how and when Charlie and Ava do finally make it… you’ll have to read the book. 😉

Here’s the blurb for Release the Stars:

Can love be measured in percentages?
After her girlfriend leaves her for a man, broken-hearted novelist Charlie Cross moves from New York to Los Angeles to work on a TV show based on her books. Charlie vows to never date any woman who isn’t a hundred percent certain of being a lesbian. But when she is seduced by gorgeous bisexual cooking show host Ava Castaneda, whom she’s had a celebrity crush on for ages, Charlie is forced to review her belief in percentages because true love could very well be on the line.

Release the Stars is a contemporary lesbian romance novel set in the glitzy world of Hollywood.

And it’s available from:
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Enjoy & Happy Holidays!

NEW RELEASE: Anabasis by Mak Long

AnabasisDid you ever wish that Lord of the Rings had more women? And specifically more lesbians?
Here at Ladylit we are very happy to be able to grant you your wish with our latest release Anabasis by newcomer Mak Long. This is our first foray into the fantasy genre and we are proud to go on this adventure with this beautifully written story that will take you on an exciting journey through an old world with human warrior Basti and elf ranger Irhal.
Another reason for pride is that Mak Long is from our home Hong Kong, so that warrants a double celebration on this Thanksgiving day!

 
 

Here’s the blurb

Two warriors on a journey of conflict and passion

Ancient beyond memory, the lands of the Middle Sea are the dying embers of a glorious culture that once spanned the Five Directions—and beyond. Now cruel and decadent, the fractious city-republics of the Commonwealth cling to the last remnants of former magnificence.

Through this scarred world comes Basti, a gunslinger, a soldier, and a mercenary from the icebound North seeking to make the perilous journey through hostile territory, only to discover that desire and love can burn bright even in the shattered wasteland. Joined in her travels by Irhal, a huntress and daughter of the forest and of the Fae, the headlong collision between two alien ways of life births conflict, passion, and the promise of renewal.

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NEW RELEASE: Summer Love: Stories of Lesbian Holiday Romance

Summer Love As a couple who met and fell in love in summer, we’ve always been especially fond of the season. Every year it brings back memories of those first evenings spent together, having drinks on a terrace, slowly getting to know each other and feeling like there might be something there worth exploring.
The idea to edit a summer romance anthology together came to us while having drinks on a terrace as well, but it was in the late fall. In the sub-tropical country we now call home, summers are spent mostly indoors in refrigerator-like air-conditioning.
After several months of receiving, reading and evaluating many submissions, we finally arrived at the splendid list of stories contained in the finished product. And we couldn’t be more proud. The quality and diversity of the stories is amazing. Some of them are purely romantic, others are sizzling hot. All of them together make for a perfect sensual companion to any holiday.

Here’s the blurb
Sun-soaked beaches, glittering blue pool surfaces and oceans painted by an orange-hued sunset have one thing in common: they’re the perfect background for falling in love. Who hasn’t felt that first wave of butterflies rise deep in their belly while pool side? Or that first quickening of the pulse when lounging on a lush patch of grass during a music festival? Summer is the perfect time to indulge in that sudden rush of first love or, equally so, the warm grip of long-fostered feelings for another woman.

This collection of fourteen stories runs the gamut of lesbian holiday romance stories. An Australian cookery course, a Belfast coffee shop, and even a romance writers’ conference are some of the backdrops for the summer love that unfolds in this lesbian romance anthology. Tamsin Flowers’s Drive Me Crazy takes place during Glastonbury, while Katya Harris’s sensual tale of passion between long-time lovers is entirely set by the side of the pool. Newcomer Brooke Winters brings us an irresistible tale of a woman running into a Mistress she’s played with in Spain, while Lucy Felthouse’s heroine gets much more heat than she bargained for when she goes volcano-watching on Lanzarote.

With stories by highly rated authors, including Annabeth Leong, Allison Wonderland, Erzabet Bishop and Harper Bliss, this collection is the perfect sensual companion to any holiday.

Table of Contents
Stepping Out by Cheyenne Blue
Mother Tongue by Camille Duvall
Drive Me Crazy by Tamsin Flowers
In the Honey-Sweet Sunshine by Katya Harris
Third Time Lucky by A.L. Brooks
A Most Spectacular View by Lucy Felthouse
Summer Stock by Emily L. Byrne
Mistress by Brooke Winters
A Good Read by RJ Layer
Orchid Rain by Erzabet Bishop
The Boi Who Cried Woolf by Allison Wonderland
Old College Friends by Annabeth Leong
Free Summer by K.A. Smith
A Matter Of Inclination by Harper Bliss

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Call for Submissions: Summer Love

December will be a slow month on the publication front at Ladylit, so to make up for that we are proud and excited to announce the following call for submissions. Our Publisher Caroline Manchoulas is teaming up with her wife Harper Bliss to produce an anthology themed around summer holiday romance, set to come out in summer 2015. Do submit!

Summer Love: Lesbian Stories of Holiday Romance (working title)

Editors: Caroline Manchoulas and Harper Bliss

Publisher: Ladylit Publishing

Deadline: 31 March 2015 (the earlier the better)

Payment: US$45.00 plus 1 copy of e-book and paperback

Rights: First worldwide digital rights and print rights

We are looking for stories of lesbian love during the summer holiday. This could be a short holiday fling somewhere far away from home, or a moment of summer heat passion between a long lasting couple, or anything in between.
We welcome erotic content, but romance has to be the focus of the story.
Please note the usual no-nos apply: no incest / underage sex / rape / necrophilia / bestiality / scat. No poetry please.
Preferred length: 3000 – 6000 words

Unpublished stories only.

US English. Please submit a double-spaced Microsoft Word document, using a 12-point serif font, such as Georgia or Times New Roman. One inch margins. If using a pen name, include both real and pen name on the manuscript.
Send your story as a .doc or .rtf file attachment to submissions at ladylit dot com. Please include Summer Love and your story title in the subject line.
In the body of the email please include your legal name, pseudonym and a short bio.

Established authors welcomed, newcomers encouraged. We look forward to reading your work.

All submissions acknowledged within 3 days and acceptances notified by 1 May 2015.

NEW RELEASE AND INTERVIEW: At the Water’s Edge by Harper Bliss

AttheWatersedge_HarperBliss_final_180Here at Ladylit Publishing we are extremely proud to present Harper Bliss’ very first full-length novel At the Water’s Edge, which is also Ladylit’s very first full-length novel. To celebrate this important milestone, we asked Harper a few questions about her book.

Hi Harper, congratulations on At the Water’s Edge. This is your first full-length novel, why did you decide to write longer work?
Thank you! I wanted to write a longer story for two reasons. First, because readers are always asking me for longer works and I do live to please them. 😉 Second, because the story in At the Water’s Edge needed time to unfold and the characters needed more time to develop. I knew from the start that a novella wouldn’t do.

The subject matter is also quite different from what we’re used to from you. What compelled you to go that more serious route?
It didn’t feel as though I had a lot of choice in the matter. This was really a story that ‘picked me’ (to say it with a big cliché.) The themes the book deals with also beg a more serious approach than what I’m used to writing (e.g. in French Kissing, which also deals with serious subjects but, perhaps, in a different tone—more tongue-in-cheek.) In At the Water’s Edge the drama needed to come from the characters and what they’re going through internally, instead of from plot twists and conspiracies to bring down politicians and such things.

The author’s note at the end of the book indicates that the subject is pretty close to your heart and has touched you personally. Can you tell us how much of you there is in Ella?
Ella’s story is not my story, but I can certainly sympathise with a lot of the emotions she goes through. Just like Ella, I’ve struggled with depression throughout my life, and creating a character that has gone through much of the same as I have, was a fine balancing act because where do you draw the line? To answer your question more directly: there’s quite a bit of me in Ella.
That being said, I like to believe I have some of Kay in me also (and vice versa.) (And, just like Ella, I also have a massive crush on Kay.)

You seem to be undergoing a bit of a re-branding, from lesbian erotica writer to lesbian fiction writer. Does this mean we have to say goodbye to the hot lady loving scenes we’ve come to expect from you?
No, of course not. As long as I write romance, I will be writing love scenes. I believe I can’t help myself. At the Water’s Edge has three such scenes as well, and—off the top of my head—I think the orgasm count is six. 😉
I did think it was necessary to ‘re-brand’ myself because, despite a few hot scenes (that serve the story well, I hope), At the Water’s Edge decidedly is not erotica. It’s not only romance either, as it deals with other themes like depression, redemption, healing and family.
I do hope to write more of these kinds of stories, which doesn’t mean I won’t be writing erotica any more (because you never forget your first love!)

What are you working on right now and what can we expect in the coming weeks/months?
I’m currently writing the second season of my serial French Kissing. The ladies seem to have gotten themselves into quite a spot of bother again. But my first release after At the Water’s Edge will be a novelette called Piano Lessons. It features a threesome and cougars and, well, the piano is of lesser importance, really. I’ve also decided to develop my novelette As Years Go By into a novel. But first, I’m going on holiday. I’ve written more than 300.000 words of highly dramatic lesbian fiction already this year, and my brain needs a break.

Thanks Harper!

Here is the blurb
After a traumatic event that has left her in deep need of healing, Ella Goodman returns to her hometown in Oregon. While staying at her family’s cabin at the West Waters lake resort, she finds an unexpected friend in level-headed owner Kay Brody. But Ella’s sole objective is to restore the broken ties with her family, and she has no time for distractions like falling in love. The healing process is confrontational and difficult though, and she is soon forced to realize that people like Kay only come along once in a lifetime.

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